About the Authors
Elizabeth Le Geyt was bird columnist for the Ottawa Citizen for 39 years. Dubbed the ‘Bird Lady’ by her readers, she retired in 2013 just three months before her 99th birthday. Born in Britain in 1914, Elizabeth has always been fascinated by the world of birds. After emigrating to Canada in 1952 with her young family, she continued her passion for birding by studying North American species. Elizabeth was named to the Order of Ontario in 2012 for her lifetime of activities in support of the environment; in 2013, she was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Michael Le Geyt is Elizabeth’s son. He recorded and transcribed her memoirs when arthritis of the hands prevented Elizabeth from writing them herself. Michael is a scientist with a doctorate from the University of British Columbia. He shares his mother’s love for the natural world and is keenly interested in the native birds and wildflowers of British Columbia.